The Port of Barcelona has reached an agreement with Carnival Corporation to build and operate a new cruise terminal (Terminal E) on the Port’s Adossat wharf. With an estimated investment of over €20m by the Carnival Group, Terminal E will cover an area of approximately 10,000 sq m and will be able to receive post panamax cruise ships with a capacity for 4,500 passengers in turnaround operations (start or end of the voyage).
today, the Catalan President Artur Mas met with Giora Israel, Senior Vice President and Michel Nestour, Vice President from Carnival Corporation and four senior executives from some of Carnival Corporation’s brands at the Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of Catalonia’s regional government, with Barcelona’s Mayor Xavier Trias and the President of the Port of Barcelona Sixte Cambra.
This investment aims to meet the industry’s future needs to provide service to increasingly large ships that also have Barcelona as their turnaround port for routes around the Mediterranean. It is also worth mentioning that since 2005 Carnival Corporation financed, built and operated an existing terminal (also known as ‘’Palacruceros’’ or terminal D) under concession on the Adossat wharf at the Port of Barcelona. This terminal will soon be enlarged with the construction of a singlestory building covering 1,300 square meters in the southern sector of the current building.
The Port of Barcelona will also intend to make an additional investment of 3.5 million EUR. It will dedicate 2 million EUR to preparing and performing the urban development works around Terminal E and will spend a further 1.5 million EUR on improving signposting on Adossat wharf.
Terminal E will be managed under a concessionary regime by Carnival Corporation and the facility is planned to come on stream in 2016 subject to satisfactory completion of all required approvals.